First Voices Indigenous Radio
June 11, 2019
In this special repeat edition of “First Voices Radio, Host Tiokasin Ghosthorse raises the issue of abuse of Ayahuasca and other medicinal plants that are commonly known to Native peoples and have been used for healing purposes. He speaks with Eda Zavala Lopez, who is dedicated to Amazonian Indigenous healing practices by leading ceremonies with medicinal plants, practicing ancient ways of healing knowledge and empowering her people in preserving their sacred territories. As a Curandera, Eda directly uses the power of medicinal plants to help heal people emotionally and spirituality, especially women. As a spiritual leader in her village, she is deeply committed to Indigenous Peruvian people in defending their sacred territories and protecting their lands. Tiokasin also speaks with Rudy Lazzaro (Pinkuyo), who is an Inca Indigenous jewelry maker originally from Charcoyo, Bolivia, and based in New York City. Rudy has participated in numerous Ayahuasca and San Pedro meetings and has seen the abuse of the medicines first hand. Rudy with his uncle Chino, who is Mapuche, helps people find their way back from the abuse of the traditional medicines using sweat lodges and philosophical talks.